Many yacht concepts will make you look twice. Then there is the yacht concept; at 175m/574ft in length the ‘Acionna’ is the epitome of world cruising mega yachts. At first glance it is very clear that Acionna is entirely unique, through her avant-garde styling a feast-for-the-eyes from every angle is exaggerated by her elegant proportions and sheer scale. The length of the boat is not only worth noting, as many yacht enthusiasts quickly look out for – there are 8 full floors/decks on the yacht and beam width being very generous in providing more than enough living and accessible space. Thus why the images of Acionna are trending virally online, and will most definitely create an offer, if not many offers from the ultra wealthy yacht enthusiasts or yacht goer to go ahead and build the yacht.
The interior space is extremely large and able to include almost any feature you may desire including a full size squash court, helicopter hanger, and a 20m indoor pool (Yes, you read correctly a full 20m indoor pool, for your convenience if your already doing the math or conversion – thats 65 feet long, inside of a boat!)
Our favorite aspect of the ACIONNA is the design both on the outside, however more so on the inside. To clarify we are not only referring to its beautiful interior finishings, and amenities such as pools, spas, entertainment, etc, but the functions of the yacht, the engine build out and focus on the future in bettering our world and changing the way yachts are built.
Here is a direct insight to what we are speaking of on the inside: Included in her total of 8 decks is a spectacular, double-height main saloon with panoramic curved glass overlooking the main deck pool. This area of the design leading down to the swimming platform is highly unusual as it comprises of a central ‘island’ of communal areas completely surrounded by the pool and accessed via a tunnel and a bridge forward. The pool flows constantly down the sloped transom and into a lower pool of the swim platform, whether this is used as a method of egress is left up to the individual. Slightly more space will be used for the propulsion system in comparison to conventional designs as she is planned to be powered with hydrogen using a similar system currently being trialled in cruise ships and ferries. If the power used to manufacture the hydrogen is purchased from renewable energy sources the yacht could be said to be ‘zero impact’. Hydrogen propulsion currently makes the most sense with larger vessels requiring long range capability (as battery powered electric systems require regular recharging) however at present there are only a few marine hydrogen facilities in the planning stage. Until vessels like this one are built there will be no way to increase demand for hydrogen thereby breaking the chicken and egg stalemate of supply and demand. (Building hydrogen facilities is not economic without the demand from numerous hydrogen powered vessels).
The Acionna concept is for those who see themselves as an innovator, a trend setter, and the game changers. Those who certainly appreciate luxury but also want to have a positive impact. We wanted to write this article not only because of the obvious beauty and love for the yachting world, but more so due to the positive impact the yacht would have on the world and the change in direction this yacht could create as far as how vessels, cruise lines, and alike boats are manufactured and produced around the world.
Photos courtesy of Andy Waugh Yacht Design